Should you dress your age?

Written by Fiona Ingham
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The latest from our House of Colour blogger Fiona Ingham

Should Jill Biden avoid fishnet tights despite having ‘great legs for her age.’ Should a woman of over 60 wear a jumpsuit? Should we wait until we are ‘old’ to dare ‘wear purple’?

We can dismiss these questions as outdated and ridiculous but many women ask for help to discover what works ‘for my age’, which can be anything from 40 upwards. Instead we explore how to dress their individuality. After discovering their colour season I work out their Clothing Personality based on body shape, personality and lifestyle. This gives guidance for all aspects of the wardrobe. There are twelve Clothing Personalities but in a nutshell the basic ones are Dramatic, Classic, Natural, Gamine ( boyish) Ingenue (pretty) and Romantic (glamorous) As an example take a look at the Bandana Healthy Back Bag: the small pretty flowers complement an Ingenue’s look whereas Romantics might prefer the larger florals and rounded patterns of Pop Art Floral. Dramatics and Gamines could go instead for the angular Urban Zebra print and the gorgeous Lush Palms would flourish in a Natural’s wardrobe. The patterns we are drawn to can give a clue to our Clothing Personality.

THE SHAPE OF YOU

As the decades pass our body outline might change, with a redistribution of weight or lessening of space between shoulders and waist. The jawline sometimes softens and if we aren’t Anna Wintour our upper arms might no longer be our greatest asset. Consequently we might wish to change the detail of our clothes. As a Classic Gamine short tailored skirts work for me, but I’ve gradually descended from micro minis in the 60s to a mid knee length. Longer is frumpy for me. In contrast some body shapes are flattered by longer line skirts, whatever their age.

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TOP TO BOTTOM

A regular reassessment of hair is an excellent plan. Is the style current? If the texture has changed are those flowing locks still a crowning glory? New products or a different cut can work wonders at any stage of life. Is the added colour right for the skin tones? Might the increasingly popular Silver Vixen look work well for you?

Clients often tell me that updating their make-up colours and application works like a tonic. A bright lipstick brings back contrast to the colouring. Forget the dated adage only ‘lips or eyes’. Do both. Especially on Zoom!

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DRESSING DOWN

After months of comfort dressing the current look is relaxed. Too much formality can look dated. Shop in your wardrobe and mix that smart jacket with jeans. A change of footwear can be a great way of updating the look. Be aware of trends but go only for those that work for you. Do the current long, unstructured jackets, slouchy coats and ultrawide legged trousers swamp you as they do me? Though over 60 my utility jumpsuits and denim jacket work just as well now as they did the first time around. On trend dungarees were a favourite in the 70s but I don’t like the look of them on me now. I have always looked and felt boring in the wrap dresses recommended as flattering for women of my age so I’ll continue to avoid them and also the current pretty, floaty florals which look like a nightdress on my body shape.

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ITS A JOURNEY

Clients of all ages are delighted when they learn what looks work for their colouring, body shape and personality and most importantly make them feel good. This evolves but doesn’t drastically change over time. Beware of advice and rules which dictate what to wear during the decades of your life. Look in that all important full length mirror and dress your individuality!

GET YOUR FREE GUIDE

To receive a Free Illustrated Guide of Spring/Summer 2021 Trend Colours just email me. Request either the general one or if you have been colour analysed, the one specific to your colour season.

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FIONA INGHAM

Consistent holder of the House of Colour Star Consultant award each year since 1991 plus the new Double and Triple Star Consultant award for 2019. Winner of the Business Development Award and Team Productivity Award and also a 2017 Livewire Innovation and Excellence Award.

Colour Analysis can be a Private Individual Session (two hours) with a group of friends or joining a group (both half day). If you did your Colours some time ago Fiona recommends the Advanced Colour session for further inspiration.

For the time being Fiona is running her sessions virtually. For ‘Individual Personal Style on Zoom’ sessions and how to look good ‘Across a Crowded Zoom’ mini workshops contact Fiona directly with the details below.

Contact details: Fiona.ingham@houseofcolour.co.uk  07791 507534

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